Hi there. It’s New Zealand naturopath, Eric
Bakker. I’m author of a book called Candida Crusher and also the formulator of the Canxida
range of dietary supplements. Thanks for checking out my video today. I’ve got a question here
from a guy called George Everly in New Jersey in the USA. George is asking me a question
in a quite a long email “How can I stop losing weight on the Candida diet? How can I gain
weight?” George is quite a slim guy. He’s only about 110 pounds and he’s not really
that tall. He’s about 5 foot 8-1/2 inches, so he’s a reasonably tall guy, but he doesn’t
really weigh a lot. George, the interesting thing that you need
to bear in mind when you’re on the Candida diet is you can eat carbohydrates and you
can eat proteins. You can eat fats. You can eat a whole range of different foods. You
don’t have to lose a whole lot of weight. If you’re losing weight, it tells me basically
(a) you’re not eating enough foods, (b) you’re not eating the right kind of foods to maintain
the weight, or (c) you’re exercising or doing too much. You’re basically burning up your
calories and not putting enough calories in there.
Also bear in mind that people with yeast infections and digestive problems who are unwell generally
can often have a slightly higher metabolic rate, so they can be hungrier, be burning
up more food, and then be very scared and cautious about the kind of foods they do consume
because they could aggravate their gut and cause a lot of problems. This is something
I typically see with Candida. That people start reading all these diets on specific
carbohydrate eliminations and gut psychology diets and bodycology diets, all these kind
of diets they read and they start thinking that they’ve got to exclude all carbohydrates
from their diet. They just have a pure Paleo approach, so they basically stick with meats
and vegetables. That’s a pretty boring silly diet. To me, it’s not really a diet that’s
sustainable. You can’t keep maintaining diets like that.
I noticed a long time ago in the 80s that when patients went on very strict kinds of
Atkins induction dietary approaches that they felt really good for the first few days or
a week and then they felt like crap after that. They felt sick. They got blocked up.
They got constipated. They didn’t feel well at all. It’s no good to be too strict with
any kind of dietary approach for too long. So let’s talk about the different kinds of
carbohydrates you can include in your diet with Candida, and if you’re scared about consuming
these kinds of carbohydrates. The advice I’m going to give you now, George,
is not going to specifically relate to your case because I haven’t seen you as a patient.
I don’t know all the details around your case, so it’s just general information. When I see
people on Skype or FaceTime on the computer from around the world, I listen very carefully
what they’ve got to say and I can give highly specific advice for their needs. Remember,
just bear it in mind. These carbs can really range from person to person quite wildly.
I’ve never found brown rice a problem on the Candida diet, particularly if people start
with small amounts of brown rice. We’re talking very small amounts. It could be an ounce.
It could be like a tablespoon if they’re quite suspicious about that food. And they can add
it to things like steamed vegetables or casserole dishes or different kinds of meals that they’re
eating and they shouldn’t have a problem. Point number one. Write this down. If you’re
going to start a new carbohydrate in your diet or you haven’t consumed it for some time,
start with very small amounts. That’s because the bacteria in your gut, whether they’re
commensals, bacteria in transition from good to bad, or whether they’re beneficials or
lack of beneficials or whether they’re bad bacteria or whether they’re Candida in small,
moderate or large amounts. We don’t know what you’ve got in your gut. We don’t know how
these bugs are going to handle a huge influx of this new carbohydrate. Be very careful
when you start a new carb not to go crazy with it and have like two or three portions
a day. Test the water to see how you’re going to feel. Because this could be a mistake.
This could really increase brain fog, gas, bloating, and all sorts of symptoms. Just
be very careful. Think about it this way. If you were to start
a new job or you were to start a new exercise program or even start a new relationship or
you’re going to start anything new, do you just go completely head on into it without
any thought of what you’re doing? You probably don’t. You probably ease yourself into these
kinds of things because it makes more sense to do that. And it’s the same with the diet
approach. Ease yourself into the new carbohydrate. Brown rice, quinoa. Quinoa is quite a good
grain from South America. It’s probably around 18 percent protein. It’s a high protein. It’s
a good carb. And I find it quite nice with different kinds of boned broths or chicken
broths or vegetable broths or potassium broths. You can cook it with water. You can add it
to all kinds of different dishes. Brown rice, quinoa. You can also add millet in there.
Millet’s quite an alkaline, clean grain and I find it really good for breakfast, cooking
up like a millet porridge. And again, that can be added to many different kinds of meat
dishes, savory dishes. That’s usually okay. Small amounts of millet are fine. Buckwheat.
Buckwheat flour is quite nice to have. Buckwheat noodles. There are noodles called Soba noodles.
You can get them with mixed wheat or you can get 100 percent buckwheat noodles. I find
Soba noodles quite nice to eat. There is already about four or five approaches
you can add to your diet. Don’t forget to include small amounts of beans into your diet.
Again, be very careful not to include large amounts because you get a lot of gas and bloating
from all that fiber. Small amounts of beans or legumes like chickpeas can be added to
the diet. You can make hummus up with a bit of tahini, which is basically mashed up sesame
seeds, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic and chickpeas. That makes up a dish called hummus,
which is quite an attractive dip to have with raw vegetables. It’s got a lot of carb in
that. There are many different carbohydrates you
can include in your diet. You’ve got to find the ones that agree with you. You need to
start slowly, small quantities and gradually build up. If you get discomfort, you back
off. It’s simple. And also alternate the carbs. Have them at different times of the day. Different
times of the week. Don’t keep eating the same stuff over and again. Don’t be afraid of carbohydrates
in your diet. If you’ve got severe intestinal Candida, you may for the first several weeks
be very cautious, especially if you’ve got a lot of gut issues and brain fog.
You need to be cautious with pumpkin, squash, corn, and potatoes. These foods are very high
in starches and sugars. Various stages of ripeness of these foods can also dictate whether
they’ve got more starch or more sugar in them. And also ways that you prepare these foods,
whether they’re baked or fried or made into soups. That can also change how they affect
your body as well. Again, you need to experiment with that. If you’ve got a severe gut problem,
back off these starchy vegetables for the first few weeks. I always find baked potato
and baked pumpkin a little bit better than steamed or turned into soups. So just be very
cautious. I hope that gives you a good bit of advice
there, George, on carbohydrates. Don’t be afraid to include those in the diet. They
will ensure that you won’t lose a lot of weight, especially if you’re eating ample vegetables
and a mixed selection of meats along with those carbohydrates. You should be fine. And
also, George, check out my Candida quiz at yeastinfection.org. Thanks for buying my book,
Candida Crusher. I just read your email. I appreciate you buying that book. You’ll read
more about all the kind of starchy carbohydrates in that book. There is a whole section in
there on weight loss as well. And also, George, don’t forget, I’ve created a range of products
you can find at Canxida.com. They’re going to help you significantly with your yeast
infection. Thanks for tuning in.